Couple charged in Bedford sham marriage investigation

19/09/2011

Two people have been charged in relation to a suspected sham marriage in Bedford, on the advice of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Indian national Japdeep Singh, 21, was arrested by UK Border Agency officers at Heathrow Airport shortly after 1pm on Thursday, 15 September, as he sat on an Air India flight scheduled to fly to Delhi.

Later the same day, his wife Nadia Thomas, 25, was arrested at her home address in The Avenue, Bedford.

CPS prosecutor, Mark Moorcraft, said: 'I advised charging Japdeep Singh and Nadia Thomas with conspiracy to facilitate a breach of the UK's immigration laws in relation to their marriage at Bedford Register Office on 10 September.

'They appeared at Luton magistrates' court on Friday, 16 September, where Singh, of Cherry Orchard Road, Birmingham, was remanded in custody and Thomas was bailed. Both are due to appear at Luton Crown Court on 27 September.'

A third person - a 33-year-old woman - also arrested on Thursday on suspicion of conspiracy to facilitate a breach of the UK's immigration laws - has been bailed until 2 November, pending further enquiries.